Woman in court for hypodermic needle threat

Emily Hubbard, 31, shown in a jail booking photo after being arrested by police.
Emily Hubbard, 31, shown in a jail booking photo after being arrested by police.

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 31-year-old woman is accused of pulling out a hypodermic needle, taking off the cap, and threatening a make-up clerk, court documents state.

Emily Hubbard will be arraigned on a grand jury’s indictment Monday morning in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

She is charged with one count each of first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, third-degree theft and unlawful use of a weapon.

The investigation started when Gresham police responded to the Ulta store located in the 800 block of Northwest 12th Street. The clerk told officers that on March 28, 2014 an unidentified man and woman, later identified as Hubbard, came into the store and started engaging in activities consistent with shoplifting, court documents state.

When Hubbard exited the store, the security sensors beeped, police said. When the clerk confronted Hubbard, police said, she was told all she needed to do was hand over the merchandise. Instead, Hubbard started rummaging through her bag, and instead of pulling out the items, drew a hypodermic needle, removed the cap and held it over her head in the clerk’s direction, according to the documents.

The clerk said Hubbard yelled “you will let me go or I’ll stab you; I’m Hep C positive,” the affidavit states.

At that point, police said, everyone backed away and Hubbard left the store.

A detective with the Gresham Police Department was assigned to the case and eventually learned that Hubbard had been inside the store a couple days earlier and provided an old address, police said.

After being read her rights, Hubbard admitted she had robbed the store using the needle.

When asked if she had anything she would like to tell the employee, Hubbard reportedly said, “Store security should be aware that there are people who are stealing who are ‘willing to stab,’ and that they should ask themselves ‘Is it worth getting stabbed and contracting a disease to stop someone from stealing a couple eye shadows?’”

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